Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Without fans, that date could be feasible. I believe we will have to ease back to work in a lot of industries in this country. It could be a year or two before we are back to where we were. In the case of sports, coming back as a TV sport at first could make sense. It could be a while before getting 40,000 people together in one place is a good idea.
Basketball was not included in those sanctions. The basketball team was at the SEC Tournament and ready to play when things got shut down.
The players are committed to restarting the industry. I can see a sports world where the athletes are tested and cleared to resume competition. Of course, the testing would have to remain ongoing to keep the competition save. These guys are under constant supervision from trainers and doctors, so I could see the competition resuming.
After not pitching for a couple of years, Alex Reyes was always going to need time to scrape off rust. But, again, this "demotion" was on paper and just an indicator of the way management was thinking when the industry shut down. If four pitchers come up sore during Spring Training II and Reyes remains razor sharp, then Alex could actually start with the Cardinals when baseball returns.
Hmmmm . . . not sure about the need to expand the 40-man roster. The expanded Opening Day roster should come from that group of 40. I can't imagine needing more than 40 guys on the opening roster, so I can see the owners pushing back on that. While guys like Jack Flaherty will get a full season of service time while moving toward arbitration and free agency, I'm not sure about the issue of players starting their arbitration clock. My guess is that would not change, but I have not seen that detail in the agreement summaries.
Those time travelers would have to hit the gym add muscle and agility. They would have hit the ice and work on their skating to survive in the current game. Most players from yesteryear, in the condition there were in at the time, would have struggled to keep up. But given the chance to train up to the current standards -- something that could take years for some players -- then they could have fit in. Times have changed. Back in the 1980s, some Blues veterans made fun of defenseman Robert Nordmark for drinking juices and protein shakes. Back then, the boys would practice at Brentwood Ice Rink, then retire to the Train Wreck for beer and burgers. Those days are over!
I would say yes and yes. We are talking about the captain of the first Cup-winning team. Pietrangelo has already had a long and very good career here. So if he finishes out his career here (and I am betting he will), then his sweater should be retired.
We could see doubleheaders with the seven-inning format used in the minors. That is on the table. And, again, I do believe both sides are eager to resume play in some form. So both sides are willing to compromise to make it happen.
My distaste of the NCAA's antics is well-known. Because the NCAA lacks subpoena power, it can't really address the big-time cheating that happens in broad daylight. And, to your point, it doesn't have much appetite for stepping on the money-making programs. I bet we never see anything like the infamous SMU death sentence again. The money is just too big. Business is just too good. So we get lip service and some ludicrous penalties slapped on lesser programs to pay lip service to the "student-athlete" ideal which is, of course, just a ruse.
The economics of the NHL would take a huge hit if sport comes back as a studio sport at first. Players might have the bulk of their contract held in escrow for the first year or two until business resumed to normal.
Yeah, they would not mind the quiet for their road games. But the bad news: The chirping from the other dugout might be heard clear as day on telecasts from an otherwise empty stadium. There could be some high comedy on that front.
I have not seen anything on him. At the time, Travis Ford said he would be back. And to my knowledge he has not landed in the transfer portal.
There are no such restrictions. The Chiefs recently signed Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta'amu to compete for the back-up job this season.
Uh, no. Stan is the Man. Period. If the NBA never left, I sincerely doubt it would be a bigger deal than baseball here. Remember, the NBA didn't really take off until the late 1980s. I covered the sport in the early 1980s (I'm old) and it was a distant third behind baseball and football across the country.
It certainly does change things. I was a gigantic sports fan as a kid. I used to listen to Pistons games on the radio and chart statistics. How sick is that? I loved Strat-o-Matic baseball. Getting to go to few live games a year was a big thrill. So while I still enjoy watching games and feeling the energy of big events, obviously it's not the same as just being an uninhibited fan. Do I miss those old days? Some days, sure.